Dan Morrill Calls Foul On Whoever Started That Gingerbread Rumor

Ouch! While we’re fairly familiar with rumors we report on being debunked by spokespersons, PR representatives, and the like, there’s something different about it coming from one of the most respected Googlers on the Android side of the old ‘plex.


Dan Morrill was a little more than fed up with whoever started the rumor about “Android 3.0 (Gingerbread)” the other day. He was so upset that he took it straight to Twitter (in case you didn’t know, Twitter rants are pretty hardcore) to call them out directly. Choice quotes? Don’t mind if I do.

I love it when people just make stuff up and report it as news. http://goo.gl/cwbf

@Adontai You shouldn’t believe everything you read, no.

In summary, please remember that rumors are not official announcements. ;)

I can make up crap, too. Check it out — NEXT ANDROID PHONE: http://goo.gl/qPfd REVOLUTIONARY 1-BUTTON OPERATION

Alright, so perhaps he wasn’t THAT stern, but you get his point: it’s not true. Of course, that really doesn’t tell us anything. Even though these rumors did appear to come out of nowhere and sounded pretty out of this world, Morrill could just be trying to throw sand into a flame that wasn’t ready to be lit yet. Just sayin’. For now, we’ll take his word for it (because, well, he’s just that awesome).

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  • Botero

    So I should get a Droid X then, and not wait for nothing?

  • Otto

    I admire the retro look of that new gingerbread Google phone, but I worry how it might look in my pocket.

  • Gerg

    He didn’t say that Gingerbread wasn’t coming this year, there have been multiple reports of that from reliable sources. I think the part he was pooping on was the whole “minimum specs” thing.

    How would google enforce such rules? It’s open source!

  • PStone1984

    Sounds too me like Apple customers are trying to get the microscope off them and that STUPID iPhone. Love me some Android!

  • Ben

    Good question Botero. I’ve been waiting a long time for things to settle down before committing to a phone. I think it was the EVO launch when Andy Rubin said something along the line of “the next six months will blow your mind” (http://gizmodo.com/5546246/google-the-next-6-months-of-android-will-blow-your-mind). The EVO, Droid X and Galaxy S are very tempting but I’m not sure that they are blowing my mind.

    Did Dan Morrill say what specifically was not true? All of it, some of it, some small minor detail?

  • chris

    Same way motorola is locking down bootloader google can do w.e they want they make the os so they can set specifications

  • Alex

    Rumors are ok if the sources are credible, but to report on wild rumors out of nowhere just wastes everyone’s time (except of those that write the articles, they get paid)

  • thedicemaster

    @chris: sure they can set specifications.
    even build a check for them in the OS itself.

    but any random phone manufacturer can with a few button presses remove those again.
    actually, anyone with some programming skills can do that.
    that’s the whole idea of android, “free to use, free to modify.”

  • ari-free

    the rumor came from the same guy who thought the nexus 1 was a fake and an Apple conspiracy

  • Gerg

    Open Source == Google can’t stop anyone from changing the code/specs!

  • jeremy

    It may or may not be bs… but Google can set the specs if they want… if someone wants to build a lower spec phone… they can use 1.5, 1.6 or 2.1(hopefully not 1.5 4 sho)… or they can customize the newest build to work on a low spec phone… hence Cyanogens 2.1 on my G1. Things were chopped out but still way better than 1.6.

  • Pete

    Check out my Nexus One http://twitpic.com/1guoky

    The joke was, my new N1 was set to arrive that day. I got back from lunch and receptionist said it was on my desk. Opened the box and saw this. They were just jealous of my new toy. I came 1 hour later.

  • Jason

    It was some russian “editor-in-chief”


  • Eric

    I used that same exact picture to construct that telegraph in my shop class last semester.

  • anonymous

    I think it’s a secret code… just look at the URL he posted – …/qPfd

    q=17th letter of alphabet
    P=16th letter
    f=6th letter
    d=4th letter

    that’s 171664

    convert those individually back to letters and you get agaffd

    rearrange agaffd and you get dagaff… Droid Acquires Gingerbread After Fall Finishes

    What’s the first official day of winter? Dec 21st?

    There you go… blatantly obvious.

  • jewkhok

    The folks at apple might think they’re the future but how is that when you got an old man running things like Stalin or should I say Al Davis. Android is an open market with endless possibilities. And don’t underestimate the n1 its Google’s Trojan horse.

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  • Joe

    @Otto: the manufacturer recommends that you don’t carry it in your pocket. Just sayin…